Last night, in between the top and bottom of the 4th inning, 4 fans sitting in the front row of the Green Monster seats decided to unfurl a huge banner (that they somehow got through security) that read "Racism Is As American As Baseball," which clearly had fans up in arms after pictures of it started making their way around the interwebz.
The fans were booted out of the game, and the Red Sox DID release an official statement, without so much as touching on the racial aspect of it as much as the sign violation:
During the 4th inning of tonight’s game, four fans unfurled a banner over the left field wall in violation of the club’s policy prohibiting signs of any kind to be hung or affixed to the ballpark. The individuals involved were escorted out of Fenway Park.
Ironically, this comes not too long after Sox owner John Henry announced he'd be down for renaming Yawkey Way due to the insanely racist past that former Sox owner Tom Yawkey (who the street was named in honor for) was known for.
What do you think? Was the banner inappropriate at a ball game, or a great time to make their voices heard on their situation?
(My opinion? They're ABSOLUTELY not wrong. But I also go to a ballgame to escape the real world and just have fun for a few hours. Then again, there are people that can't escape the real world or racism for a few seconds, so maybe I'm an entitled sucknugget and don't realize it.)